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Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
MS M.399 fol.183v

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, rayed nimbus, crowned with thorns, wearing short loincloth, is affixed with three nails to cross, inscribed INRI, at base of which are skull and bones. Blood issues from wounds. He is flanked by Holy Woman, nimbed, veiled, head turned away, Evangelist John, nimbed, standing, and Virgin Mary, rayed nimbus, kneeling, hands clasped together, and, to right, by the Centurion, supporting himself with staff, and another man.
In background is landscape in which figures, including horseman, walk along road toward buildings.
Scene within illusionistic wood frame.

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